Lakeshore Art Festival continues to amaze



By Cynthia Price

The popular and award-winning Lakeshore Art Festival just gets better every year.

Not just a stuffy art fair, it is truly a community-oriented event. From the appetizing aromas of its food court on Third Street, to its scattered street performers and wandering character cosplayers, to the Children’s Lane that offers activities and learning for  kids of all ages, the festival is well worth braving the heat and staying a while.

In 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took over what used to be called Art in the Park. Associated at that time with the Summer Celebration which managed it, Art in the Park was actually in its 51st year in 2012. Under Director Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival has upped the fun while continuing its reputation for offering fine art and skilled crafts.

In honor of the location in Muskegon of Sundolphin manufacturer KL Outdoors/GCS, which after a recent merger became the largest kayak manufacturer in the world, the 2019 festival had local artists Katelyn Wollet and Audrey Link paint a couple of kayaks and then offered them for auction. This activity reflected the 2018 display of kayak art which the Lakeshore Art Festival (and others) hosted.

As noted in the June 21 Examiner, the festival sponsored a different piece of public art when renowned artist Kelsey Montague drew her butterfly on the Frauenthal Center wall as the launch of the festival.

Another new event this year was the Photo/Voice Exhibit where high schoolers created works on the subject of “What’s Needed for a Healthy Community.” That, a student art showcase, and the community art project, where the public can create its own masterpieces, occupied the center of the traffic circle in front of the Frauenthal.

Next year, the Lakeshore Art Festival will be on July 3 and 4. To sponsor, email Flanders at